Roy fundraiser successful for new gym planning

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Reporter

Several interested community members study an architectural drawing for two possible placements for a new Roy gym.    
Photos by Doreen Heintz

Blaine Ophus secures bids for an item in the live auction. Ophus volunteered his time for the Roy fundraiser.

 Several members of the Roy community have expressed an interest in the feasibility of building a new gymnasium at the Roy School. The current gym is substandard for today’s athletics. A fundraiser for the feasibility study was first planned for Saturday, June 11. Unfortunately, a devastating wind and hailstorm came through Roy the day before the fundraiser, so the feasibility committee decided to postpone it until Tuesday, July 19.
The change of date resulted in a good showing of many people from the Roy community who opened up their pocketbooks. Nearly $14,000 was raised on Tuesday night from a silent and live auction in the Roy gym.
Before the live auction was held, there was a hot dog and hamburger potluck in the Roy lunchroom. Community members brought many different salads and desserts to complement the hot dogs and hamburgers. It was a great time for friends and neighbors to get together and visit during and after the potluck.
Auctioneer Blaine Ophus of Ophus Auction Service of Big Sandy volunteered his time for the live portion of the auction. Ophus reminded the bidders “even though you suffered some major losses due to hail and wind this year, remember there is always next year.”
Two of the higher priced items at the live auction were two tickets to the National PRCA Rodeo Finals and a complete set of four pickup tires from GS Oil of Roy. One of the more interesting bids was three envelopes donated by Roy Grocery. In each envelope was a gift certificate of either $100, $75 or $50. The winning bidders did not know which size gift certificate they received until all three had been awarded.
The next step for the Roy Gymnasium Feasibility Committee is to have an architecture plan drawn up for what a new gymnasium might look like.
“We need to have some architecture plans to show the Roy community,” said School Superintendent Steve Picard, “and then we will decide whether to take a bond election to a vote on a new gym.”
Besides Picard, other members of the Roy community on the feasibility committee are Jody and Blake Simmons, Jeanine Pendergass, Paul Pallas and Kraig Bergum.

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